Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Group says FDA lax on antibiotics in livestock By clochheadsfchronicle-com-carolyn-lochhead@blog.timesunion.com (Carolyn Lochhead)

ombing through piles of documents obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request, an environmental group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, said Monday that the Food and Drug Administration relies on dated environmental assessments when approving antibiotics for use in livestock.
As we reported here, “In March, the head of the Centers for Disease Control issued an alarm, echoed by virtually every health authority in the world, that antibiotic-resistant bacteria threaten to return humans to the days when ordinary infections routinely killed and maimed.
“Yet the United States continues to use at least 70 percent of its antibiotics on livestock, to shave pennies per pound from the price of pork chops or chicken wings that are consumed by millions of Americans every day.”

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